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Today Is Tunji Jushi Day
post : 2014.12.22 00:00
Today is the winter solstice (tunji). It has the longest night of the year. On the day of the winter solstice in Okinawa, we make “tunji jushi” and offer to the god of fire and the family altar and have it with family to pray for the health of the family and our descendants. Jushi is rice seasoned with various ingredients in Okinawa.
The main ingredient of tunji jushi is tanmu (taimo; a type of taro). On the day of the solstice, tanmu is added to normal jushi which is pork, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, kamaboko (steamed seasoned fish paste) and hijiki (a type of seaweed).
Tanmu is a tuber that looks like a slightly bigger eddo (a type of taro) but it is not raised in dry fields but in paddy fields and is a type of taro.
It is an irreplaceable traditional Okinawan ingredient because it is said the bud that grow off the tanmu and the buds that grow from the buds are said to be a good food for good luck in family lineage.
Everyone, from children to old men and women, can eat the deliciously made tunji jushi. Even in Okinawa the cold season, starts with the winter solstice and the family gets together to eat, overcome the winter in a cheerful manner. It is a dish that passes on the warm feelings of family.
Okinawa Clip Photowriter Reina Chinen (0173)